Waggoner Elected to WV Humanities Council

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Eric Waggoner, associate professor of English chair of the English department at West Virginia Wesleyan College, has been elected as a citizen member of the West Virginia Humanities Council.  Dr. Waggoner teaches American Literature, literary theory, and composition at the Buckhannon college.

The Council also re-elected three members to new terms: Robert Enoch, Wood County, president of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society and chairman of the Fort Boreman Park Commission; A. Waller Hastings, Ohio County, who chairs the Humanities Department at West Liberty University; and Myra Ziegler, Summers County, director of the Summers County Public Library and secretary-treasurer of the Summers County Historic Landmarks Commission.

These program committee members will serve a three-year term from June 1, 2014 to June 1, 2017.

Dr. Waggoner earned his English degree from Wesleyan in 1992.  He earned his master in English from Old Dominion University in 1995 and later received his Ph.D. in American Literature from Arizona State University.  As Departmental Coordinator, Dr. Waggoner directs the senior thesis program.  He has written scholarly articles and film and music journalism for a variety of publication, including The Village Voice.  His music criticism appeared in Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Considers the Classics.

The Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities.  The Council budgets more than $530,000 for grants and programs each year. The program committee recommends funding decisions to the Humanities Council board of directors. The 22-member committee includes 11 members drawn from the Council board and 11 citizen members who represent education and the general public.

For more information about the West Virginia Humanities Council and its programs visit www.wvhumanities.org or call (304) 346-8500.